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of the Kajar dynasty had ordered the mosque and other
buildings to be levelled to the ground.1
Nadir Shah at the Zenith of his Power.—From Khiva
Nadir marched to his beloved Kalat, where he ordered
the erection of a palace and of a treasure-house for the
spoils of Delhi. He then proceeded to Meshed, where
he duly celebrated his victories.
Nadir was now at the zenith of his fame and power,
In five years he had defeated Ashraf and Husayn, the
Ghilzai chiefs3 and had taken Kandahar. The victory over
Mohamed Shah and the capture of Delhi were a far more
splendid feat of arms, and his conquests were completed
by his successful campaigns against Bokhara and Khiva.
Nor was this all. The Turks had been twice defeated
and had restored her lost provinces to the Persian Empire,
which once again stretched from the Oxus on the north
to the Indus on the south—a realm far exceeding that
of the Safavis. Had Nadir .possessed any administrative
capacity, he might3 by employing-the immense material
resources at his command, have • restored to Persia her
prosperity and happiness. But his-" character was spoiled
by success, and the remaining years of his life are a record
of ever-increasing craetty^and avarice, which made him
detested as a bloody tyrant* by the very people whom
he had freed from the intolerable Afghan yoke.
1 I have been given some sheets which contain the accounts of the district of
Darragaz for the year A.H. 1159 (1746). Among the items shown are charges on the
land for the upkeep of the Mauludgah and of the grave of Imam Kuli. These documents
have been presented by me to the Royal Asiatic Society,